I love it when the right kind of mail arrives at my doorstep. Not the usual sort from the water company, phone company or the parole board…But the kind that a man in a hi-vis vest delivers. With a smile and a tip of his hi-vis cap, he delivers the good stuff. And, added to this, I love a good old fashioned unboxing. Not that ‘unboxing’ is actually an old concept. In my day nobody felt the need to document the opening of a cardboard box like it was the Ark of the Covenant! “Marion. Don’t look at it! Shut your eyes, Marion. Don’t look at it no matter what happens!” But we do like to look, don’t we? Especially when the said box is a beautiful black box from Fujifilm Australia. Yes, my precious we do!
A few weeks ago we came across an event listed in Facebook for a new and previously unknown lantern festival including a giant lantern dragon. Myself and Rena – the more attractive half of Clan Tan – jumped at the opportunity to host a Fuji X Aus night shoot. After doing a little research, it turns out that the event was called Light Up Melbourne. It was held along Birrarung Mar which is the broad pathway between Federation Square and the North Bank of the Yarra river.
Often after New Years Day, many of us would choose and act on our goals for the year ahead. For us as a FXA community, our goal has and will always be about investing in our community and the broader photography community. Continue reading “SYD FXA + Ted’s World of Imaging MARCH COLLAB”
I’ve never been on a speed date, but last Saturday was a first for me. My hands were sweaty and I didn’t have the right words but it felt right to be in the moment. The way the lens looked into my eyes and into the eyes of everything around it was picture perfect. It was petite, beautiful and had a ring on it that went from f2.8 to f22. If you haven’t noticed already, I am talking about the latest Fujifilm 16mm 2.8.
Whenever we hold a meet up of some sort, I often get asked if we do this kind of thing often. My answer is always ‘as often as we can’. Now that is a personal and selfish response of course because the highlights of my limited social calendar are to catch up with my photography friends and do what we do best. There is usually some form of photography related activity – a workshop or a street walk. And of course, there is the social aspect of talking gear, skills, experiences and just talking life. Getting to know one another. Meeting new folk and catching up with seasoned friends. So ‘as often as I can’ is a true testament to this particular photographic group who has a core set of values around community, respect and support.
I was fortunate enough to come across a loan copy of the Laowa 9mm F2.8 ZERO-D lens with the Fujifilm X mount. Laowa also makes this available for other camera mounts. It is a crazy wide-angle lens with 113-degree field of view. If you are not careful you will include your feet in the shot. Almost. The lens is tiny – approximately the size of the Fujifilm XF35mmF2 lens and is of a very solid metal build. It also comes with a lightweight lens hood with a petal shape.
The Fuji X Aus Facebook group has some incredibly talented members that shoot in a broad range of styles and genres. One such genre has a very unique and patient group of photographers that are happy to work in the minute world of Macro! The most appealing part of macro photography to me is that we are given a really unique and rare view of plants, insects and animals that we would otherwise take for granted. Spiders are creepy and in my opinion part of an alien race! Who needs 8 eyes? But I do have to admire their beauty and form when captured in macro by someone with a knack for it. One such person is fellow Fuji X Aus community member Igor Vyvey. One other thing I love about Igor’s work is that he is not shy to take a shot (pun intended) at any photographic genre. So, let’s have a chat to Igor about what it takes to have a significant impact in a minute world.
In today’s blog we hear from Fuji X Aus member, Mati Beetson, on his experience using the GFX 50S and the newer and smaller GFX 50R. It is nice to see some love for the X-Series bigger brothers especially from someone who shoots with both. Mati has a truly unique photographic approach to his landscape, seascape, wildlife and even aerial photography. Let’s hear what Mati has to say.
When I first picked up the 50r body it was definitely a wow moment for me, having used the 50s on and off over the last 12 months I thought I had really gotten used to its bulk. So, it was a bit of a shock/nice surprise to immediately feel a lighter medium format body in hand.
Apart from the fact there is a 145gram difference compared to the 50s with standard EVF (minus the tilt adaptor), the balance of the camera I find to be a real blessing…I won’t miss the brick on the back of the 50s!
Being a long-ish term user of the Xt1/2 with a mixed bag of lenses, using the 50s and now 50r has reminded me of the times when you ‘slowed’ down to use medium format film cameras. Using such a high megapixel camera (much like their film MF counterparts) it really does show up poor technique quite brutally!
To continue reading Mati’s full and complete blog, please click here.
Igor Vyvey is a man of many photographic talents. You would be mistaken to think that he just shoots macro. Getting in close and personal. And that is very true. He does shoot some amazing macro shots – stay tuned for an upcoming blog about that! But he is my favourite kind of photographer. The kind that will have a go at any genre. I have seen him walking the streets of Melbourne in a bid to capture some street photography. He has more recently been experimenting with model photography too. He is also a regular at Fuji X Aus events in Sydney. And, of course, he loves his nature photography. Birds and wildlife. Which is why he recently took a new set of Fujifilm binoculars out with him on a wildlife shoot. Let’s hear what Igor though about the experience and the product.
One of the greatest things about our particular photographic community here at Fuji X Aus is the delight we take in meeting up with one another. Be it for a more formal event such as People With Cameras – as organized by Fujifilm Australia. Or just our regular meetups with a bunch of locals for an afternoon. Delightful. In recent months we have had a number of interstate members make the trip down to Melbourne for various reasons. But we always aim to make an event out of it and organize some time to meet and greet, a bit of photography and a great meal where possible.